Re: Father Figure (was Re: RARA-AVIS: Positions still open)

From: Brian Thornton (
Date: 14 Aug 2008

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    I don't see where Robicheaux is all that unlikable, more curmudgeonly than anything else. And having met the real Alafair (all grown up, and a mystery writer to boot), she doesn't seem all that disgruntled either.



    On Wed, Aug 13, 2008 at 10:07 PM, terry bowman <> wrote:

    > Let's not forget Dave Robicheaux's adopted daughter Alafair, who is as
    > disgruntled at his
    > hard-boiledness as the rest us. I think JLB tries to mke hime as unlikable
    > as possible.
    > bt
    > --- In <>, JIM
    > DOHERTY <jimdohertyjr@...> wrote:
    > >
    > > Michael,
    > >
    > > Re your analysis of the MIKE HAMMER series below:
    > >
    > > "A woman who loves Hammer, especially a woman Hammer literally
    > > touches, must die, and my dad used to say as we watched the show and
    > > saw Mike/Stacy Keach take a new girl, 'Well, sheŽll be dead by the end
    > > of the show.'"
    > >
    > > That's actually a fairly accurate depiction of how Hammer's love life
    > plays out in the
    > books, except that, quite often, the love interest in a given book might
    > also turn out to be
    > the villain (which I think happened on several of the TV episodes, too),
    > and Hammer is the
    > one who either kills the love interest, or contrives to get her killed.
    > >
    > > "Of course, there were two women, his secretary Della, and the Lady in
    > > Red, whom Mike never would or could touch, who always lived.
    > > My former wife saw this treatment as misogynist, yet it does appear
    > > part and parcel of the genre, with some exceptions."
    > >
    > > Mike's secretary (and, for practical purposes, business partner, since
    > she had her own PI
    > license) was named Velda. Della was Perry Mason's secretary. The Woman in
    > Red was a
    > character created specifically for the TV series, and had no counterpart in
    > the books.
    > >
    > > In the upcoming Hammer novel, THE GOLIATH BONE, there are rumors that
    > Velda will
    > finally become Mrs. Hammer.
    > >
    > >

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